Race, Gender & Citizenship in the 1904 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition

Mentor Name:
Wanda Pillow

Mentor Position:

Gender Studies

Cultural & Social Transformation


Project Description:

The 1904 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, held in Portland Oregon, provides an interesting case study to look at how race, gender, sexuality and citizenship were conceptualized at the time and how those conceptualizations impacted key social attitudes and public policy. The Exposition was a celebration of the 1804 Lewis and Clark Exposition but provided a venue for social and political meetings and exhibits. Specifically planning records and communications, Exposition records, photos and media will be examined.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

archival research & analysis

Student Benefits:

develop archival research skills; develop archival analysis skills; develop socio-cultural intersectional analysis skills specifically in race, gender, Indigenous, sexuality

Project Duration:

ongoing until 2021; 5-10 hours per week

Minimum Requirements:

dependability; interest in topic